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The Dangerous Summer release a video for ‘Bring Me Back To Life’ ahead of new album

The Dangerous Summer have released another new video from their forthcoming album ‘Mother Nature’, due out June 14 on Hopeless Records. The band are currently touring the US with Have Mercy and Modern Chemistry.

Check out the new video for ‘Bring Me Back To Life’ below.



UK punk website to release compilation for charity

To celebrate their fifth birthday, UK punk site ‘Colin’s Punk Rock World‘ is releasing a charity compilation featuring a host of bands that have been prominent recently in the UK scene. The compilation, which is raising money for the mental health charity Mind, will feature the likes of Triple Sundae, Darko and The Burnt Tapes.

Colin and his team will be familiar to anyone involved in the UK and London scene, this is a cause well worth supporting. The compilation will be released via their website on June 14.



The Dollyrots (pop punk) release ‘In Your Face’ from upcoming album

Ahead of the release of their album ‘Daydream Explosion’ on July 12th, The Dollyrots have made another new song available. ‘In Your Face’ is a fun pop punk jam in the same vein as recently released single ‘Everything’. As well as the new album, you can catch them on tour this summer with the The Pink Spiders.

This upcoming album will be the bands’ first full release since ‘Whiplash Splash’ in 2017. Check out the new song below.



DS Exclusive: Holly Would Surrender premiere new EP, “Wish You Were Bread”

German pop punk band Holly Would Surrender are “flipping the bird to conformity”. They’ve announced they are releasing a new EP via White Russian Records on May 26, titled Wish You Were Bread, and what do you know? Dying Scene has got it a few days early. The inspiration for this record came out of a unique place for the band. Lead singer Ole says, “We wanted to try something new this time. We were in a situation, where we on one hand, [we] had to stop as band or on the other hand, work on new material, and besides that, find new members to join.

In this process we decided to work with friends in other bands on our material to get a new focus and expand our sound and music. Every song got a name on it you probably know. Oshie Bichar (Beartooth, City Lights), Callum Amies (the bottom line), Andy Vossenberg (the 101s) and Chris Piquette (Trophy Wives) We really love how the EP turned out. It’s something new but it’s still us. The mixing part took place in the Wachusett studios by Michael Harmon, who we met on tour with Four Year Strong. The mastering was made by Jay Mass (Defeater, State Champs and many more..) We hope you like it as much as we do and will enjoy it!”

Holly Would Surrender is hitting the road for a few dates with Reel Big Fish this summer, so be sure and add them to your radar so you don’t miss out.  You can stream Wish You Were Bread below



Sweatpants Party (punk, Austria) release music video for “I Hate Pineapple”

Austrian punk act Sweatpants Party have released a new music video for their song “I Hate Pineapple.”

You can check it out below.

“I Hate Pineapple” comes from the upcoming Punk Rock Raduno Vol. 4 compilation that will be released later this summer on Monster Zero.



Voice of Addiction announce east coast tour dates

Chicago-based Voice of Addiction have announced some east coast tour dates happening later this summer.

You can check out all the dates and locations below.

Voice of Addiction last released The Lost Art of Empathy in July 2017.



Kyle Trocolla and the Strangers release music video for “Boarding House”

Alt-country punk favorite Kyle Trocolla and the Strangers just released a video for their cover of American Pinup’s “Boarding House.”

You can check it out below.

Kyle Trocolla and the Strangers’ version of “Boarding House” comes from their 2018 record, The Moon USA, which was released via Altercation Records.



Red Scare announces Red Scare West Coast Roast tour

California punk label Red Scare Industries has announced some upcoming tour dates featuring Elway, Ramona, and Sam Russo.  You can check out all the dates and locations below.



A Fistful Of Vinyl release new session and interview with The Homeless Gospel Choir

Our friends over at A Fistful of Vinyl have released some new videos with Pittsburgh, PA political folk punk act The Homeless Gospel Choir.

The session includes a half hour interview as well as performances of four songs.  You can check that all out below.

The Homeless Gospel Choir last released Normal in 2017 via A-F Records.



The Penske File get their van and all their gear stolen in Montreal

I really, really, really hate writing stories like this, and I’ve had to way too often.

The Penske File, who are incredibly nice dudes not to mention a juggernaut of a live band and whom we just saw lay waste to the Nick Alexander Stage at Frank Turner‘s Lost Evenings III last Friday, had their van stolen outside a club in Montreal yesterday. To make matters worse, all of the trio’s gear – and we do mean all of it – was inside the van when it was parked outside a club BEFORE the band’s performance at Pouzza Fest. Here’s the rundown of what was inside:

List of stolen stuff
– Gibson SG
– Fender Telecaster
– Fender Jazzbass
– Taylor Acoustic Guitar
– Vox AC30
– Fender guitar amp
– Traynor bass head 
– Custom UDrum Drum Kit
– Cymbals
– Snare
– Drum Hardware
– Guitar cables and pedal boards
– Banner
– 3 passports
– $500 USD cash
– Personal bags
– iPad

This is just about the worst case scenario for any band, let alone a band full of DIY road warriors. If you’re able to help, there’s a GoFundMe with some more information here.

The Penske File’s latest album, Salvation, was released last year on Stomp Records.

(CORRECTION: This story initially indicated that the fellas gear was stolen after their gig. This was incorrect, and the result of yours truly misreading a post on another band’s social media. This means that The Penske File had all their shit stolen BEFORE they played at Pouzza, and had to borrow all their gear and play a set under the weight of the fact that literally all of their shit got stolen. Bravo, fellas. Sorry for the error on the first draft.)



Death Before Dishonor announce new album “Unfinished Business”

Death Before Dishonor have announced they are to release a new album on 26th July. Unfinished Business is an 8 song affair, recorded at Zeuss Studio (Hatebreed, Rob Zombie) and scheduled to come out on long time label Bridge Nine Records.

No advance tracks or pre-orders are up yet, but check out the track listing below.



Album Review: Abolitionist – “Ugly Feeling”

It’s no secret that Portland’s Abolitionist has decided to call it quits, bringing to an end a lifetime that’s spanned eight years and (if their bandcamp is to be believed) eight releases. This was a band, that for me, seemed omnipresent in Portland’s punk rock scene. A dark sounding amalgam of hardcore and everything else, directed more by its political vision than any concrete sonic leaning. Sometimes this worked for me, sometimes it didn’t—but Abolitionist were always a band that’d pique my interest. Where others were writing party songs to sing along drunk to, Abolitionist were always pushing their ambition. This is the band that seemed to be churning out concept albums at a point—always writing, always working, always with something to say. Ugly Feeling is their swan song and on it they take their sound further than they ever have before, combining a love for Fugazi with their political perspective, going out with a bang.

Ugly Feeling is like and unlike previous releases in equal measures. It features the same declarative vocal delivery, the same focus on heavy riffs, but they’ve corrected some of my biggest problems with their last release (A New Militance) by taking their new influences a step further. Here, the riffs and leads are given more time to breathe, which in turn emphasizes them more. Songs like “Crossroads” sound that much more sonically precise, the intensity feeling like a product of design rather than suffocation.

There’s still a range of sounds on the album though. Title track “Ugly Feeling” is a hardcore banger whose titular refrain could surely raise fists in a tightly-packed room. Whereas “The Selfish Gene” indulges in a dark and heavy riff, complimenting the album’s bitter commentary. And make no mistake, this is a dark album, and as it moves forward, it only gets darker—and the music reflects this as much as the lyrics.

Much of the album, at least to my understanding, seems to take aim at our culture and the privilege it awards to straight white males. This is an angry album. It’s disgusted with our worship of money, our own self-satisfied nature. There’s a grotesque scene in mid-album banger “Willie B. Bacon” that resonated even with a carnist like myself:

“When he was a boy, there was a pig his parents raised… but not as a pet. He used to go to the pen to visit his doomed friend. He remembers the pungent smell. He remembers the friendly noise. He remembers the coarse, fibrous hair. He remembers a feeling of loss.”

Ugly Feeling, like much of Abolitionists’ work is a concept album and as such follows a single character. Perhaps it’s fitting in “Walls,” the band’s final song (at least for awhile) that the protagonist accepts his own ignorance, admitting “he did not have a clue,” and finally, making the call to “change his ways.” It may be a little clunky, and it may be on the nose, but Abolitionist has always been about the message. Here it is, distilled down to its most basic form, a message of hope that doesn’t skimp on responsibility, an end to an ugly feeling.

This is undoubtedly Abolitionists’ best work to date, and while it’s always sad to see such stalwarts fall by the wayside, it’s nice to see them going out at their peak. Ugly Feeling is punk rock through and through, thick with commentary and heavy with riffs. Fans of the band will be pleased to see Abolitionist didn’t waste their goodbye.

 



Drunktank release lyric video for “Waste Away”

Dutch skate punkers Drunktank have released a lyric video for new track “Waste Away”. The track is from the band’s upcoming album Return of The Infamous Four, which is available for pre-order from the band’s Bandcamp now.

Have a watch below.



Grayscale release new single “Painkiller Weather”

Philly based pop punks Grayscale have released a brand new single. “Painkiller Weather” is the first new music since 2017’s Adornment. 

You can have a watch of the video for the track – and see a statement about the song – below.



The Dollyrots announce summer tour

The Dollyrots release their new album Daydream Explosion on July 12th, which includes recent single “Everything“. They’ve now announced a tour to promote the album, with live dates running from June until August. Most dates are with power-pop trio The Pink Spiders.

Check the dates below.